Archive for March, 2010

April 1: No joke! The Terrapin Beer Co. Asheville Pub Crawl

Posted Mar 30, 2010 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Coolness, Events, Goings on, People

On Thursday, April 1, we’re participating in a uniquely Asheville event in lieu of our regular tasting: The Terrapin Beer Co. Asheville Pub Crawl. John Wetzel from Terrapin Beer Co. will be leading the crawl, starting at 6:30 p.m. that evening beginning at The Bier Garden. The brewery has done several crawls in Atlanta and their hometown of Athens. Deets:

Join us on a crawl of downtown Asheville, visiting five great beer spots! Bier garden, Mellow Mushroom, Bruisin’ Ales, Barley’s Taproom and The Thirsty Monk! Each stop along the way will have a Terrapin beer selection. Cost is $30/pp and includes beer at every stop and a Terrapin Beer Co. t-shirt.

Bier Garden / Rye Pale Ale
Mellow Mushroom / Rye Squared
Bruisin’ Ales / Capt’n Krunkles
Barley’s / Hopsecutioner
Thirsty Monk / Hop Karma Cask (India Brown Ale)

Pre-registration and payment at Bruisin’ Ales is required to participate. CASH ONLY PLEASE.

Bruisin’ Ales is Asheville Chamber’s Small Biz of the Month

Posted Mar 27, 2010 in Beer, Beer Awards, Coolness, In the news, People, The Beerlanthropy® Project

We’re honored! Thanks, Asheville!

Help bring Google Fiber to Asheville, NC!

Posted Mar 24, 2010 in Coming Soon, Coolness, Goings on, In the news, Movies, Music, Science, Tech, Travel, Unrelated to Beer, Video

Google is having a national competition for communities to “win” a Google fiber-optic network. Thus began the Asheville Google Fiber Network Initiative. We’re now on the tail end of the first round—Friday, March 26. Will you help us to bring Google Fiber to the Asheville community?

Asheville is already prevalent on numerous lists for travel—historic sites, the Blue Ridge Parkway, food, music, the arts, and craft beer. Imagine: Super-sexy high-speed internet access for businesses large and small. A wide network reaching even the most rural of communities, bringing us together. An school system as a network pioneer offering the best in education, plugged directly into the community. Musicians working at lightning speed. Our diverse, active and creative arts organizations benefiting for the über-hip HATCHfest, TEDx, the 48-hr Film Project, Twestival. A bigger and booming addition to Asheville’s high-tech sector. Live-streaming of Asheville’s very cool, consistent calendar of events and fundraisers. Maybe we could stream from Brewgrass or LEAF Fest? LAAFF? BeleChere? And think of the possibilities this has with tourism? I know, it’s the “dirty t-word,” but tourism is a big part of who we are. And for many, it pays the bills. But we’re warm people and we open up the mountains year-round and invite people to share in our world for just a week (or a day). I say: It’s time to show the world in REAL TIME who we are.

The GoogleAVL page is up with lots of helpful information. Please refer there for any questions, then click on the big, red “NOMINATE ASHEVILLE” button and tell Google why they need to bring Google Fiber to Asheville, North Carolina.

We’ve done all five. Will you?

  1. Nominate Asheville. This is really, really, important.
  2. Ask your friends to nominate Asheville in a sincere, really-do-it, kind of way.  This is also important.
  3. Put a badge on your website to show your support for bringing Google Fiber to town.  Now you are doing something extra.
  4. Publicly endorse Asheville’s effort to attract Google fiber.  You have become cool.
  5. Write about why you want Google fiber in Asheville using your web site, your blog, or a youtube video. You are radically cool.

New at Bruisin’ this week: March 20

Posted Mar 20, 2010 in Beer, Breweries, Limited Release, New this week, Rarerities, Seasonals

ABITA Strawberry Harvest Lager*
ALLAGASH Curieux
ALLAGASH Odyssey
CANTILLON Classic Geuze
DE RANKE Cuvee De Ranke
DE RANKE Hop Flower Power
DOGFISH HEAD Burton Baton*
DRIE FONEINEN Oude Geuze
DRIE FONEINEN Schaerbeekse
FOUNDER’S Kentucky Breakfast Stout*
HAANDBRYGGERIET Norwegian Wood
HAANDBRYGGERIET Akevitt Barrel Porter
HAANDBRYGGERIET Wild Thing
HIGHLAND BREWING Seven Sisters Abbey Ale*
JOLLY PUMPKIN Oro de Calabaza
JOLLY PUMPKIN Bam Noire
LA CHOULETTE Les Sans Culottes
LEFEBVRE Hopus
MIKKELLER Simcoe IPA
MIKKELLER Cascade IPA
MIKKELLER Big Worst
NORTH COAST Old Rasputin XI* (vintage!)
OMMEGANG Belgian Pale Ale*
PORTERHOUSE Oyster Stout
ST. SOMEWHERE Pays du Soleil
WEYERBACHER Slam Dunkel*

Asheville Happenings: March 17-22

Posted Mar 17, 2010 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Coolness, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, Movies, New this week, Seasonals

All Week

  • The Asheville Brews Cruise has spots open all week long. If you haven’t done proper tours of our local breweries, the Brews Cruise is a great option to learn about the brewing craft, sample beers, and best of all, have someone drive you around safely.
  • Check Barley’s Taproom this week for specials, especially the Bruisin’ Ales tap.
  • The Thirsty Monk is having Rogue Week at the bar downtown with 8 taps of Rogue Ales on draft. This is your chance to become a member of Rogue Nation!
  • The Universal Joint in West Asheville is running weekly pint specials. Check daily.

Wednesday, March 17

  • Craggie Brewing Company releases its long-awaited Meet Your Maker Barleywine. If you came to the tasting at Bruisin’ Ales in February, you were lucky enough to get a sneak peak. Now the beer is ready, so head over to the Craggie Public Room tonight for the release. The Jig Is Up will also be playing traditional Irish Music from 8pm-midnight with no cover.
  • Wedge Brewing Company‘s brewer Carl Melissas is doing a nifty experiment at the brewery tonight, checking the temperature of beer the old-fashioned way—which is where we get the old saying “rule of thumb.” And free corned beef and cabbage tonight from 5pm until they run out!
  • French Broad Brewery has $1 off all growlers purchased at the brewery today.
  • Green Man Ales, at Dirty Jack’s and Jack of the Wood, is unveiling a “new, dark, creamy, beefed-up, utterly blissful Irish Stout”! Starting at 12pm, live music all day.

Thursday, March 18

  • Asheville Singer-songwriter Utah Green plays the French Broad Tasting Room with no cover charge.
  • Sol-Roots with guests Woody Wood and Galen Kipar are playing the LAB venue. Also, with receipt, get $10 off the new Buzzed Home service!
  • It’s infusion night at Asheville Brewing on Coxe Avenue! Go check out what beer their filtering thru which wacky flavors.

Friday, March 19

Saturday, March 20

Sunday, March 21

Monday, March 22

  • Monk(day) Monkfest at The Thirsty Monk downtown. $6 gets you three 6 oz. samples of the craft beer of your choice!
  • Join Quizzo at Jack of the Wood tonight. Voted Asheville’s #1 trivia game in the Mountain XPress “Best of 2009.”